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Portland Pride! Co-Chair Jill Barkley on the importance of LGBT celebration and the road ahead

Photo Credit: Benn Marine

I had the great pleasure of talking with Jill Barkley, Co-chair, along with Christopher O’Connor, of Portland Pride! They oversaw the 10 days of events, lectures, and parties that celebrated LGBT pride in Southern Maine over the past week and a half. The event culminated in a massive parade and festival that took part on […]

Ask Alex: How do I tell my favorite cashier that I have a crush on him?

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Potentially Awkward asks: There’s this guy who works at Trader Joe’s, and I see him almost every time I shop there. He always smiles at me, he’s always friendly, he makes small talk, etc. Sometimes the small talk seems sort of flirty. This leads me to two questions for you: How can I tell whether […]

Ask Alex: Please keep talking about sexting

Hi Alex, I enjoyed your most recent “Ask Alex” column.  I have a couple of follow-up comments/questions. I’m a gay guy, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked for nude pics by guys I’ve met on dating sites/apps.  I always politely decline because I worry about the possible ramifications, especially since […]

Peter Staley Reflects on “How to Survive a Plague”

Peter Staley is one of many AIDS activists who worked to fight the stigma surrounding the syndrome and demand from the government funding for research and treatment at a time when many in this country had written it off as exclusively a gay problem. From a recent Out100 entry about Staley: A former bond trader, […]

Might + Main launches GayMarry.ME, a database of equality-focused wedding officiants

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the State of Maine, who will officiate all of the coming ceremonies? Immediately after same-sex marriage was voted into law on Tuesday, I noticed about a dozen folks, some on Twitter and some on Facebook, announce to their networks that they are qualified to officiate marriages in Maine. […]

Post-2012: “Evolve, or don’t. Swallow your resentments, or don’t.”

I have guests visiting from Australia, and they asked what I believe what the gains of the 2012 election mean for the country. I told them that [creator of The Wire] David Simon summed up my feelings brilliantly: “Change is a motherf****r when you run from it… This election marks a moment in which the […]

On progress, appreciation, and getting back in the ring

Of the two outcomes that were most likely last night, I am elated that President Obama won a second term and, more importantly, that Governor Romney and his outmoded Reagan-revivalist vision of America lost. I am happy to have woken up in a state in which “gay marriage” is a concept that is off the […]

On the root of Michael Heath’s homophobia

Because he rears his head whenever there is an opportunity for people obsessed with interfering with the rights of gay people, Michael Heath is in the news again. The irony that homophobia can derive from the suppression of one’s own homosexual impulses is somehow lost on Calvinist bigot Heath. Apparently he has been oblivious to […]